Arlington, VA

Update at 4:40 p.m. — Arlington is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. From the National Weather Service:

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
426 PM EDT Tue May 4 2021

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning…

* Until 515 PM EDT.

* At 426 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Chantilly to near Bull Run to 10 miles west of Montclair, moving east at 35 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.

* Locations impacted include… Arlington, Alexandria, Centreville, Dale City, Annandale, Springfield, South Riding, Fort Washington, Fairfax, Fort Hunt, Vienna, Groveton, Falls Church, Huntington, Mantua, Fort Belvoir, Pimmit Hills, Woodbridge, National Harbor and Reagan National Airport.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

Earlier: Arlington County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch this afternoon and evening.

Storms are expected to flare up later today, potentially packing large hail, frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 70 mph.

The storms will be scattered, however, and may completely miss Arlington as they did yesterday. Much of Virginia and the entire immediate D.C. region is under the storm watch.

More from the National Weather Service:

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Update at 11:45 p.m. — Outages in Arlington are down to about 600 customers, according to Dominion.

Update at 5:55 p.m. — Dominion reported approximately 48,000 customers without power in Northern Virginia, including nearly 6,300 in Arlington, as of 5:30 p.m., though those numbers are starting to come down slightly.

There are large reported outages in the Shirlington, Fairlington, Green Valley and East Falls Church areas. There are reports of trees that fell into buildings, including houses and a garden apartment building.

Update at 5:10 p.m. — There are multiple reports of trees and wires down around Arlington after 50-65 mile per hour wind gusts swept through the county. Power is reported out in several neighborhoods and a tree is reportedly blocking a portion of N. Glebe Road near N. Pershing Drive.

As a result of a high volume of calls, the fire department has temporarily reduced its standard response to certain types of alarms, according to scanner traffic.

Earlier: Arlington is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning as a “wall of wind” arrives from the west.

On an already breezy day — amid a High Wind Warning — the storm front could cause power outages and fell trees.

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An earlier High Wind Watch has been upgraded to a warning.

It’s going to be a really windy afternoon for Arlington County and other parts of the D.C. area. Expect strong gusts, downed trees and power outages, forecasters say.

More from the National Weather Service:

940 AM EDT Fri Apr 30 2021

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Northwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* WHERE…The District of Columbia, Central and Southeast Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Eastern Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties in Virginia including the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.

* WHEN…Until 2 AM EDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The long duration of high wind will likely aid in widespread tree damage and power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

More details from the Capital Weather Gang:

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Arlington will be under a High Wind Watch starting Friday morning.

Today’s warmth will be giving way to colder weather tomorrow, and with that change will come strong winds. Gusts of up to 60 mph could down trees and tree limbs, potentially damaging structures, blocking roads and knocking out power.

More from the National Weather Service:

232 PM EDT Thu Apr 29 2021

…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT…

* WHAT…Potential for west-northwesterly wind gusts of 60 mph.

* WHERE…The District of Columbia, Prince George’s County in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia including the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

* WHEN…From Friday morning through late Friday night.

* IMPACTS…Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The highest wind may occur in two waves: one Friday afternoon, and a second Friday evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.

The watch covers much of the immediate D.C. area and points north.

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If your outdoor plants are especially delicate, you might want to cover them or bring them inside today.

A Frost Advisory is in effect for early morning Friday, as temperatures in Arlington are expected to dip into the 30s overnight. Arlington is on the edge of a Freeze Warning, in effect for Fairfax County and other points north and west.

More from the National Weather Service:

1203 PM EDT Thu Apr 22 2021

…FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT FRIDAY…

* WHAT…Temperatures in the middle 30s are expected to result in frost formation.

* WHERE…Portions of central and southern Maryland and northern and central Virginia east of Interstate 95, including Washington DC and Baltimore MD.

* WHEN…From 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Friday.

* IMPACTS…Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

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(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) Arlington and much of the D.C. area is now under a Wind Advisory.

The advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Expect gusty winds of up to 50 mph between now and then, and the potential for falling tree limbs and power outages, forecasters say.

One sizable power outage was reported earlier this afternoon, in parts of North Arlington, though it’s unclear if it was caused by the windy weather.

Another outage was reported in the Clarendon and Courthouse area around 4 p.m. More than 2,000 Dominion customers lost power, according to the power company’s website, and police responded to help direct traffic at busy intersections with dark traffic signals.

Power has since been at least partially restored, according to scanner traffic.

More from the National Weather Service:

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING…

* WHAT…Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected.

* WHERE…Portions of The District of Columbia, central and southern Maryland and northern Virginia.

* WHEN…Until 8 PM EDT this evening.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

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It’s going to be a windy Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service just issued a Wind Advisory, warning of wind gusts up to 50 mph tomorrow in the D.C. area, including in Arlington. Expect downed tree limbs and some power outages, forecasters say.

More from NWS:

241 PM EDT THU MAR 25 2021

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM EDT FRIDAY…

* WHAT…WEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH
EXPECTED.

* WHERE…PORTIONS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

* WHEN…FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM EDT FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS…GUSTY WINDS COULD BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS. TREE LIMBS COULD BE BLOWN DOWN AND A FEW POWER OUTAGES MAY RESULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN DRIVING, ESPECIALLY IF OPERATING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE. SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.

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It’s going to be a foggy morning in Arlington and around the D.C. area.

Thick fog is expected to set in overnight and make for a hazardous morning commute.

From the National Weather Service:

909 PM EDT WED MAR 24 2021

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY…

* WHAT…VISIBILITY ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS IN DENSE FOG.

* WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA.

* WHEN…UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO LOW VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF DRIVING, SLOW DOWN, USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS, AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

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It’s going to be a breezy afternoon and evening in Arlington.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 2-6 p.m. today. Forecasters say winds could gust up to 50 mph, potentially downing some tree limbs and causing “a few power outages.”

More from the National Weather Service:

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 6 PM EST TUESDAY…

* WHAT…WEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, FREDERICK, PRINCE GEORGES, AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES IN MARYLAND, AND FAIRFAX, LOUDOUN AND ARLINGTON COUNTIES INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ALEXANDRIA, FAIRFAX, AND FALLS CHURCH IN VIRGINIA.

* WHEN…FROM 2 PM TO 6 PM EST TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…GUSTY WINDS COULD BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS. TREE LIMBS COULD BE BLOWN DOWN. A FEW POWER OUTAGES MAY RESULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN DRIVING, ESPECIALLY IF OPERATING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE. SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.

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Ice and snow has prompted another day without residential waste collection in Arlington, and that will have a ripple effect for residents next week.

“Due to icy road conditions and crew safety concerns, there will be no trash/recycling/yard waste curbside collection today,” Arlington County said this morning.

As a result of the delays, the trash collection schedule for next week will shift back by a day.

“Thursday’s route will now be completed on Saturday, 2/20,” the county said. “Friday’s route will be completed on Monday, 2/22, which will shift next week’s collection schedule by one day next week… Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”

The county’s collection service serves mostly single-family homes; apartments and condos are served by private haulers.

Table via Arlington County

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Yesterday’s Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.

The winter storm that has been causing major problems in Texas and the central U.S. is making its way towards the D.C. area on its march up to New England. It’s expected to drop 3-6 inches of snow on Arlington and the immediate D.C. area before the precipitation switches to sleet and freezing rain.

The ice accumulation could cause dangerous road conditions and power outages, forecasters and local officials warn.

“With heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice in the forecast for Northern Virginia on Thursday and Friday, significant road impacts are expected,” the Virginia Dept. of Transportation said today. “While VDOT crews prepare to deploy, residents are asked to closely monitor weather updates and plan ahead to avoid nonessential travel tomorrow and Friday.”

“Crews will finish pre-treating about 2,000 lane miles of interstates and primary routes in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties today,” VDOT added. “Drivers are asked to be alert to brine tankers and to give them room, as they move slowly to spray the salt water solution on the pavement. Pretreatment will help prevent ice from bonding to assist crews with snow and ice removal at the storm’s onset.”

Arlington County crews are also currently pretreating local roadways.

A Winter Storm Warning was issued for the region this morning. More from the National Weather Service:

1024 AM EST WED FEB 17 2021

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM EST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AROUND 3 TO 6 INCHES WITH ICE ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE TENTH TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.

* WHERE…THE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREAS.

* WHEN…FROM 3 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM EST FRIDAY. SNOW WILL BEGIN BETWEEN 3 AND 5 AM. SNOW WILL CHANGE TO A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN DURING THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS.

* IMPACTS…POWER OUTAGES AND TREE DAMAGE ARE LIKELY DUE TO THE ICE. TRAVEL COULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING OR EVENING COMMUTE.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…SNOW THURSDAY MORNING WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH SNOWFALL RATES AROUND 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE ALONG WITH VISIBILITY REDUCED TO AROUND ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIME.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD, AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

WHEN VENTURING OUTSIDE, WATCH YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS TAKEN ON STEPS, SIDEWALKS, AND DRIVEWAYS, WHICH COULD BE ICY AND SLIPPERY, INCREASING YOUR RISK OF A FALL AND INJURY.

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